For a good portion of Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series, it looked like Bryson Stott wasn't going to have a major impact on the outcome. He was 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts when he came to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.
And then this happened.
Bryson Stott Grand Slam
Talk about redemption! Stott turned on the first pitch he saw from lefty reliever Andrew Nardi, blasting an inside fastball deep into the right field bleachers. The home run traveled an estimated 412 feet according to Statcast and came off the bat at 102.4 mph -- a true moonshot. The pitch wasn't even in the strike zone, making his bomb even more impressive.
Stott's bomb extended Philadelphia's lead from 3-0 to 7-0, essentially putting the game out of reach for a Marlins offense that has looked absolutely lifeless this series and couldn't buy a hit off of Aaron Nola tonight.
We knew Stott had some power after popping 15 homers during the regular season, but I don't think anyone was expecting that. He'd struck out looking with a runner on second his first time up and struck out swinging in his second at-bat, so he didn't seem to have it today after going 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in Philly's 4-1 win in Game 1.
All it took was one swing to turn his night around, and what a swing it was.
Assuming the Phillies close this game out, they'll advance to face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. That series begins on Saturday in Atlanta.
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